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Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HUNGARY)

Miklós Kertész

Lajos Vörös, Károly Pálffy, Boglárka Somogyi, Ónodi Gábor

The scope of the activities of the Centre includes theoretical, basic and applied research in the fields of hydrobiology, terrestrial ecology, botany, and nature conservation. Current research topics include studies on organization and long-term dynamics of the terrestrial plant communities and fresh waters, nature conservation and ecological databases, vegetation and habitat mapping, vegetation pattern analysis, long-term research and monitoring, detection and analysis of biodiversity patterns on different spatial scales, experimental research on the effects of climate change and disturbances as well as restoration ecology, exploration and utilization of new plant resources.

In European context, the centre focuses on the Pannonian Eco-Region. MTA ÖK manages the Hungarian Flora database, CoenoDAT database, CORINE Biotopes database, CORINE Habitat Map database and the Internet Archive for National Biodiversity Monitoring Projects. The Centre is the National Coordinator for the Hungarian LTER Network and hosts KISKUN LTER, a complex terrestrial LTSER platform in central Hungary, and the LTSER platform Balaton LTER, consisting of the shallow freshwater lake Balaton and its catchment basin. Both platforms are included in the EnvEurope Project.

The Centre has been recently established by merging institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, effective from 1st of January 2012. As of March 2012, separate websites of the consisting institutes are accessible: and

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